The National Design Awards were last night in New York, where 20 products were vying to be named the country's best. The winner, chosen by public voting, was a fitness tracker called Spire, which claims to keep tabs on your overall well-being by measuring heart rate and breathing patterns to monitor stress.
You might want to practice some breath-control before you go to China. Chinese scientists have reportedly developed a mini-camera to scan crowds for highly stressed individuals, who, it turns out, have a greater chance of turning out to be suicide bombers.
I noticed a pretty unnerving problem recently. It was a normal day at work. I, being a blogger, spend a lot of time pounding on a little keyboard and staring at a big screen. While working on an especially stressful post and a particularly challenging paragraph, I started getting lightheaded. I'd stopped breathing.
The benefits of consistant meditation are too well told. Lower stress, better focus, easier sleep. But despite its inherent simplicity, it can be really tough to learn and practice, especially if relaxation doesn't come naturally.
Sometimes squeezing a foam ball just isn't an effective way to deal with stress. So if you're the head of a giant corporation, or even the president of a large country, consider having this self-contained portable sauna at your disposal.
A recent survey commissioned by Crucial has turned up a few interesting statistics on computer stress. 94 percent of respondents said they've had computer problems drive them up the wall, and a little over half aren't happy with how their little Internet box behaves in general. 18 percent even said computer problems…
Cars are cutting you off on the highway. Your pulse quickens. You need to concentrate. What you really need is absolute silence—no phone calls, no music. In this kind of situation, a new stress-sensing system developed by Ford would shut down the distractions the moment driving becomes tense.
Thanks Old Spice. You've provided countless thirty second chunks of entertainment with your recent commercials. And now a website dedicated to blowing things the hell up just to give us hard working web surfers a little bit of stress relief.
College. Ugh. Nonstop, privileged toil. Growing up is sooooo hard. Days without sleep, binge-drinking, experimenting with bodies—it's a miracle that anyone learns anything. These gifts won't print a diploma, but they will help your student earn one.
It's November. Welcome to the most stressful part of the year. The weather is getting crappy, the holidays are approaching, and the relaxed pace of the summer months is quickly fading into the drudgery of actually doing work. Here are a few tools to keep you from snapping and strangling the Whole Foods cashier.
We're "constantly confronting the onslaught of information, and our brains are trying to make patterns out of the randomness," says TIME's Joel Stein. Obsessively tagged MP3s, meticulous photo folders, whitewashed inboxes—are you too struggling to stay digitally neat?
A new article in the medical journal Lancet details the story of an 18-year-old kid who consistently found himself with "difficult and labored breathing" after using Facebook. The problem? He was using Facebook to stalk his ex-girlfriend.
This product, from the possibly-crazed minds at Philips, is weird enough—basically a stress-detecting bracelet and bowl—but the teaser for it has more tension than a thriller's trailer. Just imagine: "One man. One bracelet. In a race against time."
Like other Japanese "infinite toys", this gadget simulates a mundane but strangely satisfying experience in order to relieve stress. Every time you bend it you are treated to the sound of cracking knuckles.
Crave UK's Rory Reid did a great experiment: Test the typing accuracy of the iPhone vs an Asus Netbook in a rally car racing at full speed. The video and the results will surprise you.
Stressed out at work? Slide one of these Accel Pedals under your desk and slam the pedal to the floor. The acceleration noises soothe frayed nerves—plus it makes you feel like a big man.
There have been other USB devices designed to combat stress, but this version is the only one that allows you to virtually punch and strangle your enemies.
In theory, anti-stress balls help you when you are a bit :-| or XO, because squeezing them helps you release some inner anger and make you bit more :-D. Whatever. I hate these things.